How Chronic Diseases Affect Your Oral Health

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Dentists often see the damaging effects that chronic illnesses have on oral health. Loss of teeth, decaying teeth, and many other side effects can occur because of a chronic disease or condition. If you have one of these conditions, speak with your doctor and dentist about how to maintain your oral health.

Loss of Proper Dental Hygiene
Many people do not realize how mentally and physically exhausting it is to deal with a chronic illness. Depending on the severity of the disease, many people may neglect other parts of their lives because they are so focused on the pain they feel or the limited physical abilities they have. Sadly, it can become easy to stop flossing every day or only brush in the morning. Chronic pain or illness sufferers may let their diet slide, and diet is a big contributor to oral health. They may also stop seeing their dentists and avoid regular dental cleanings. Instead of letting a chronic disease or condition rule your life, speak with your doctor and dentist about ways to combat the condition and save your oral and overall health.

Use of Medications
Some medications can actually cause teeth to darken or discolor prematurely. If your doctor has put you on a medication for your chronic illness, ask about all possible side effects. If any might affect your oral health or color of your teeth, see if there is another medication available. Keep in contact with your dentist regularly during your treatment to be sure your oral health is still being maintained.

Infection of Blood and Bone Issues in the Teeth
Patients may have oral health issues that stem directly from their chronic illness. Illnesses that affect the skeletal or circulatory systems can possibly affect the health of patients’ teeth and gums. Patients who have these conditions should speak with their dentist about ways to protect the teeth and preserve healthy gum tissue.

Do not let your health suffer more than it has; call Oak Creek Dental Care at (614) 882-5525. We have knowledgeable dentists serving Columbus, Ohio who specialize in preventative dentistry and disease management.

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